Since 2001 Amherst School has run its own in-house school kitchen - ASK Kitchen - having direct control of our own lunchtime catering. This has resulted in better and more appetising meals, using higher quality ingredients, with more fruit and vegetables and greater choice.
Our meals consist of a Jacket Potato (Winter) or Baguette (Summer) and Pasta (both with a choice of toppings/fillings) as a daily meal choice in addition to our current Main Meal or Vegetarian Option.
All of the above will be served with a side dish – consisting mainly of fresh cooked vegetables and/or salad.
Daily dessert as shown on the menu or the choice of a yoghurt or fresh fruit pot instead (available daily).
ALSO AVAILABLE DAILY:
We hope to make this as easy as possible for you:
1. Meal patterns:
All meal patterns will still be set for the whole term – according to you and your child’s choice.
A typical meal pattern can look as follows:
SM – School Meal
PL – Packed Lunch
2. Payment should be made in ADVANCE.
You should pay for your school meals via SCHOOL GATEWAY (www.schoolgateway.com) on the Lunch Money Tab.
Costs are as follows:
Daily - £ 2.35
Weekly - £ 11.75
Termly amounts will be advised per letter.
3. Changes to meal patterns:
You are most welcome to email the school office with requests for meal pattern changes at the beginning of each term. (For September 2020 - we need to know these as soon as possible please)
As we are a Junior School promoting independence, we would very much like children to make the choice of meal at the time of registration each morning. We will ensure that the current Menu will be visible in all classes.
We are using a wrist band system for school lunches. Most children are familiar with this as it will be the same system that Riverhead uses.
There are 4 coloured bands representing meal choices:
These bands will stay in class and will NOT come home.
All of this is will be explained to children by Mr Reid.
CHILDREN with dietary requirements
If your child has a dietary requirement (e.g. Gluten / Dairy Free) they will be given a black wrist band to wear with their meal choice band in order to alert the kitchen.
We will be asking parents who have children with specific dietary needs, to book meals in advance via a hard copy print out of the menu – this will be supplied via email or your child’s book bag.
Your child will keep a copy of this in their desk and daily choose their meals according to the meals circled by yourselves.
· We have a 3 week rotating menu.
· Current menus can be found by clicking on the BLUE menu to the right.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.